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Old 05-14-2010, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Hello all,

I have been thinking about a house addition; the costs and the applicability in regards to 'comfort and living'.

I attached two photos of the floor plan, the first one is the original and the second is what I would like to do. The current floor plan is really awkward in the family room, with the fireplace in the small corner. The addition would take over a narrow grass alleyway that is tucked between the house and a concrete wall. That is what the doors are leading into.

The total square footage of the 'addition' would be approximately 28sq ft.

What do you all think? What is the practicality of such an addition? Would this increase home value? Hiring a contrator, what would the approximate cost be?

Thanks.

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 AM
 
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looks like a good project as the current family room does seem to have an odd layout. Adding square footage will always add more value. Best way to find out an idea would be to see what square footage / price comps are selling for.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Practical, yes. Sometimes, a small extension like that makes a world of difference when it comes to the room's usability.

As for cost ... no idea how your local construction market is, but in general, you're unlikely to recoup all the costs at resale time. Build it so you can enjoy the extra space, not to dramatically increase the value of your property.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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That looks like a load bearing wall. It will be a bit more expensive to move it. It's practical, the cost of rebuilding a load bearing wall and taking out the old wall will be the brunt of the expense. Cost is such a variable by area, you need to get some bids from locals. It looks like a good plan.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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That looks like a load bearing wall. It will be a bit more expensive to move it. It's practical, the cost of rebuilding a load bearing wall and taking out the old wall will be the brunt of the expense. Cost is such a variable by area, you need to get some bids from locals. It looks like a good plan.
^^Great input and advice- if it is a front facing gable roof; absolutely load bearing, and if it is a hip roof typically all exterior walls are load bearing. It does look like a simple addition by plan but as an architectural designer I see lots of hidden expenses potentially. In addition to the carrying the load to another point, what happens to the roof line to maintain the top plate height?, is it a shear wall?, slab on grade requires extensive dowels to connect new to existing...
Short answer- get professional advice.

What's up with that back bedroom, converted garage?
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: California
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You loose outdoor access, is that not a problem?
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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Do you use your fireplace much?

Have you thought about switching the "living room" with the family room and adding maybe a wood stove to your familyroom. Might be less expensive to add a freestanding wood/lp stove than to move a load bearing wall. Do you have a structural engineer with whom you can consult? Remember your proposed renovation will be affecting your roofline as well. Will that be easy to tie in or will you be looking at a re-roof?

I don't know how the real estate market is doing in your area now or how the outlook is for it over the next 5 yrs.; but, if homes are selling and if you can find a floorplan and location you like you might be money ahead to just move raher than to put $$ into your current home. Frankly, I see more layout problems than just the funky familyroom.

edited to add:

Do you need 3 bedrooms? You could square up and enlarge that family room real quickly by removing the 10 x 12 middle bedroom adjacent to it. It does not appear you would have to move any load bearing walls either.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Here are the uploaded photos. One is an actual photo of the area itself.
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Approximate value and practicality of home addition-diningareaedited.jpg   Approximate value and practicality of home addition-housefloorplan1.jpg   Approximate value and practicality of home addition-housefloorplan2.jpg  
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